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Getting Outside in Winter

Embrace the Thrill, Conquer the Chill


Winter may be known for its cold weather and shorter days, but that doesn't mean you have to stay cooped up indoors. Getting outside in the wintertime can be incredibly beneficial for both your physical and mental well-being. Whether you're looking for a fun adventure, to boost your mood, or simply enjoy the beauty of nature, there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy during this time of year.

Why Getting Outside in Winter is Beneficial

Breathe in the Fresh Air

One of the most obvious advantages of venturing outdoors in winter is the opportunity to breathe in fresh air. Spending time in nature allows you to escape the confines of stuffy indoor environments and fill your lungs with crisp, clean air. Not only does fresh air feel invigorating, but it can also have a positive impact on your overall well-being. Fresh air can improve concentration, boost energy levels, and enhance your mood.

Soak in some Vitamin D

Since sunlight is limited during this time of year, it's important to take advantage of any opportunity to soak up some rays. Vitamin D plays a significant role in maintaining healthy bones, teeth and muscles. By spending time outdoors in winter, you can increase your vitamin D levels naturally.

Family of four walking through the woods at a Go Ape location

Physical benefits of outdoor activities

Staying active is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, no matter the season. Engaging in outdoor activities during winter can provide significant physical benefits. From brisk walks and invigorating runs to thrilling adventures like zip-lining and high-rope adventures, there are countless ways to stay active and have fun in the great outdoors.

Mental health benefits of outdoor activities

Spending time in nature has the remarkable ability to reduce stress and improve your mood. Research has shown that spending time in natural environments can lower cortisol levels, a hormone associated with stress, and increase the production of endorphins, like dopamine, which are known as the "feel-good" chemicals in our brains. Whether it's the soothing sound of birds chirping, the sight of majestic trees, or the feeling of fresh breeze against your skin, connecting with nature can have a profound impact on your well-being.

Family-Friendly Outdoor Adventures in The Wintertime


Winter is the perfect time to get outside and explore nature with your family. There are plenty of fun and educational outdoor activities that your kids will love:

1. A Go Ape adventure!

Two girls in black on Treetop Challenge experience


If you’re looking for an adventure to keep you warm and entertained, then a Go Ape adventure is a great option. How does zipping across a frosty forest on one of our high ropes adventures sound?

There’s something for every level of adventurer from our entry-level Treetop Adventure and Treetop Adventure Plus experiences, for little thrill-seekers, to the original Treetop Challenge and our newest, and most extreme addition, Challenge Plus. Or perhaps you’d prefer to try your hand at Axe Throwing? There’s nothing quite like aiming for that bullseye in the fresh air.

At Go Ape, we truly believe that there is no such thing as bad weather and our adventures remain open in most weather conditions, except gales, lightning, heavy ice or snow.

2. Plan a Winter Nature Scavenger Hunt

Create a scavenger hunt for your kids to complete in the great outdoors. Make a list of items they need to find, like pinecones, frosty leaves, animal footprints, or types of birds. This activity will not only keep them engaged but also teach them about the diversity of nature and the importance of protecting our environment.

Discover some of the many animals you might find at our Go Ape locations in our Nature Zone.

3. Build a winter shelter or fort

Let your kids' creativity shine by building a winter shelter or fort. Use fallen branches, leaves, and snow to construct their own little hideaway. This activity will not only keep them active entertained and warm but also teach them valuable survival skills and foster their love for the outdoors.

4. Nature Walks

Adult and child on a walk in a sunlit forest


Winter is the perfect time to teach your kids about nature and the changing seasons. Go on a nature walk and encourage them to look out for the changes in the environment. Look for animal tracks, study different types of trees, and learn about seasonal birds. You can also play nature-themed games, like identifying different types of rocks or collecting fallen leaves.

Our Go Ape locations are based in some of the most beautiful areas of the UK and we highly recommend, going for a stroll of hike after your adventure. Find out more about the top walks near our locations.

5. Connecting with nature as a family

Take this opportunity to bond with your family while enjoying the beauty of nature. Go for a winter hike, have a picnic in the snow, or spend a magical evening stargazing.

Encourage everyone to put away their electronic devices and fully immerse themselves in the natural surroundings. These experiences can create lasting memories and strengthen your family's connection with the outdoors.

Tips for Enjoying Outdoor Activities in The Wintertime

Keep Warm

Choosing the right clothing and equipment is crucial when venturing outdoors in winter. Layering is key to staying warm, so opt for thermal base layers, insulating mid-layers, and a waterproof outer layer. Don't forget to wear a hat, gloves, and warm socks to protect your extremities.

Investing in good quality boots with proper traction is also important to prevent slips and falls. If you’re looking for more advice on what to wear for your Go Ape adventure, check out our blog, What to Wear for a Go Ape this.  

Create a Routine

Creating a regular outdoor routine can help you stay motivated and make the most of winter. Set aside specific days or times each week to do outdoor activities. Whether it's a morning walk, an evening jog, or a weekend hike, having a routine can help you stay committed to getting outside despite the cold weather.

So why wait? Embrace the spirit of adventure and make the most of Winter by getting outside with your friends and family.

Are you ready to get outdoors this winter?

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Woman in pink coat on Go Ape Treetop Challenge crossing